Tourists Welcome, Fake Bills Not: Del.

Businesses asked to watch for summer crop of counterfeit bills

Monday, Jun 11, 2012  |  Updated 1:51 PM EDT
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Tourists Welcome, Fake Bills Not: Del.

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Del. businesses are being reminded to look for counterfeit bills as summer tourist season begins. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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Law enforcement officials are reminding business owners and consumers to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills as the summer tourism season gets underway.

Secret Service Agent Jeff Gavin says about $15,000 in counterfeit bills are passed each month in Delaware.

Gavin says the best way to spot a fake bill is to compare it to a real bill. The printing on larger bills should appear to change color because they are printing with color-shifting ink. A watermark portrait also should match the portrait on the printed note when it is held up to the light.

Ocean City Police spokesman Michael Levy says there have been several counterfeit bills found this year, but no arrests have been made.

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